Facing his first official public grilling on why he sent 45,000 British troops to war in Iraq, Tony Blair was unsurprisingly defiant saying that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world who had to be removed.
Nothing surprising there; Politicians seldom like to admit they got it wrong but what surprise me was when I read that Blair said, "In the end it was divisive. And I'm sorry about that. But if I'm asked if I believe we are safer, more secure, that Iraq is better, that our own security is better with Saddam and his two sons out of power and out of office, then I believe indeed we are."
Are you kidding me? In 2003, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined U.S. President George W. Bush in invading Iraq, and it was a mistake both the U.K and U.S are still paying for.
By attacking Iraq, both the U.K and U.S took their eyes off Afghanistan which allowed the Taliban to rearm and regroup. By attacking Iraq, it gave Al-Qaeda a ready-made advertisement for their message of Western powers attacking Arab countries. By attacking Iraq, it cause enormous chaos and suffering for normal Iraqis. (Note I’m using present tense, not past)
Attacking Iraq was without question a horrible decision. Attacking Iraq did not make the world a safer, more secure place; it did the exact opposite! And to absurdly proof how deluded Blair is, he also said, "People did not think that al Qaeda and Iran would play the role that they did. It was the introduction of the external elements of AQ and Iran that really caused this mission very nearly to fail. Fortunately in the end it didn't."
Yes, Blair thinks the Iraqi invasion is a success. He thinks that the mission did not fail. Anyone remember Colin Powell at the United Nations? I sure do. Even if you do not go into the fact that they never found any weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the U.K and U.S have been in Iraq for 7 years, in a war that they said would only last weeks! Anyone remember that? I sure do.
Unfortunately, it seems Tony Blair don’t.